The face of a hero: Titan, the Atlanta-area pitbull that saved its owner's life after she suffered a brain aneurysm. (Photo: CBS Atlanta)
If ever a story validated the phrase “punish the deed, not the breed,” it’s this one: an Atlanta pitbull has won the “Neighbor of the Year” award after saving its owner’s life this past summer.
One morning last July, John Benton was leaving for work when his pitbull began acting out of character—running in circles, barking loudly, blocking the front door, and refusing to let him leave, reports CBS Atlanta.
“He’d run up a few flights of steps and run back down just to keep me from going, to let me know something was wrong. And that’s when I followed him up the stairs to see what he was trying to tell me,” said Benton.
Benton followed Titan to his wife, Gloria, who had suffered a brain aneurysm and fractured her skull after falling down the stairs.
Doctors later told the Bensons that had it not been for Titan’s heroics, Gloria most likely would not have made it.
One animal expert says that pitbulls’ reputation as a mean, aggressive breed is, simply, wrong.
“These are not dangerous dogs,” said Virginia Weaver, owner of Maui Pitbull Rescue, to the Maui News. “They need to be socialized, and it’s the dog owner that needs to be responsible for the raising of the dog properly... I’m their voice. I’m fighting for them.”